Kickboxer is an action martial arts film that came out in the year 1989. It is a movie that had action star Jean Claude Van Damme. The movie is about an American kickboxing champion who fights a top fighter in Thailand. Unfortunately he loses the fight and becomes crippled. The kickoxer’s younger brother vows to get revenge. He trains with an old Muay Thai master and defeats his brother’s opponent in the end. Eric Sloan wins another kickboxing match and remains as the undisputed champion. He decides to challenge the best kickboxers in the world. His first requested match is the champion of Thailand since that is where kickboxing was known to be invented. Eric goes to Thailand with his younger brother Kurt. They enjoy the scenery of Thailand and get caught up on their lives while preparing for the match. At the match they are making final preparations in the locker room. Kurt is asked to get some ice and while he gets ice he watches Eric’s opponent prepare. He notices that the opponent has a very violent disposition and warns Eric that he should not fight this guy. However Eric decides to fight him anyway. In the fight Eric loses badly to his opponent named Tong Po. Unfortunately for Eric he suffers paralysis and is no longer able to walk according to doctors. Angered by this fact, Kurt vows to get revenge and looks to challenge Tong Po to a fight. An ex Special Forces soldier and Vietnam veteran agrees to help Kurt get trained by a master named Xian. After a brief acquaintance Kurt is trained by Xian and wins an exhibition match. Tong Po’s manager agrees to grant Kurt a fight. The manager of Tong Po named Freddy Lee makes a bet and decides to have Kurt fight Tong Po in an ancient style match with pieces of broken glass on his hands. After a while Eric tells Kurt that the fight isn’t worth it and tells him that he doesn’t want him to fight Tong Po. However Kurt decides to fight anyway. In the end Kurt at first is losing the fight but gains the upper hand with a rally from Eric and defeats Tong Po to avenge his brother’s injury.
- Jean-Claude Van Damme, Michel Qissi, Dennis Alexio, Dennis Chan, Tong Po Wan
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